Having been in Liverpool for twelve years, I can say first-hand how the city has had an uneasy relationship with disco. Despite it being the initial dance music genre and in a state of resurgence for the best part of a decade, it’s not often that the city has had success with events based around it. Archive had a glorious run, Theo Parrish and Chris Duckenfield being two stand out performers as well as being taught to line dance by Daniel Wang (on the dancefloor, not by him Djing). Discoteca Poca flirt with it quite brilliantly but essentially house underpins them, then Chibuku and Circus have had the odd party where it pokes it’s neck, the latter in particular utilising Greg Wilson as a resident not too long ago (and the afterparties where I played with Dash were great with funk, soul and disco permeating the fishtank in the magnet).
Essentially though it’s not always a winner, and having lost hundreds of my non existent at the time finances on pushing it at Pigeonhole Disco from 2008-2010, a tough one for promoters. Occasionally though you get a stone cold cert of a classic that you just know will transcend these issues, and PBD enlisting Nicky Siano for a party on the final day of August is one of them. A true bona fide legend whose impact on dance music as we know it is immeasurable, they have managed to get the older ‘now and again’ ravers excited and promise this in the gloriously intimate confines of Studio 2. Everything about it suggests the hallmarks of a classic. I’ll be reviewing the showcase for Ransom Note and if you want more details hit the Facebook link here.